Alleged shoplifter said to have wrecked car after fleeing store

LACONIA — A local man allegedly made a bad situation worse when he took his friend's car and crashed it on White Oaks Road Wednesday afternoon after being caught shoplifting at Walmart.

Police affidavits and complaints obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Nicholas Perriera, 28, of 10 Arch St. put some fishing lures in his girlfriend's pocketbook while he was with her at the store.

When confronted, Perriera allegedly grabbed the car keys from his girlfriend and left the store and the parking lot in her 2007 Ford Fusion. His girlfriend told police Perriera didn't have permission to take her car.

When he reached the area around 334 White Oaks Road he lost control of the vehicle, crashed and fled on foot. Police said he told someone who witnessed the crash that he didn't have a license.

Police arrived a found a heavily damage car and no driver.

With the assistance of a K-9 from Gilford Police, Perriera was located by police and placed into custody without further incident.

Affidavits said that between 2006 and 2014 Perriera was convicted in California on 10 felonies including assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of second degree burglary, three counts of taking a vehicle without consent, escape from jail and possession of a controlled substance while in jail.

He has other charges listed on his juvenile record.

For his actions Wednesday, Perriera is charged with one count of driving without a license, one count of taking a vehicle without consent, conduct after an accident, willful concealment, and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Commissioners look to get everyone on same corrections-planning page

LACONIA — Belknap County Commissioners agreed Wednesday morning to form a committee which would seek input from all parts of the county's criminal justice system in order to foster a cooperative approach to the functioning of a new "community corrections" facility.
The commissioners will be receiving proposals from architectural firms on May 8 for a schematic design and cost estimates for a 64-bed community facility. Preliminary estimates place the cost, as well as renovations to the existing Belknap County Jail, at around $7 million.
One of the key elements of the community corrections plan is the creation of programs to help ease the transition back into the community of released inmates and the involvement of all elements of the criminal justice system in that process.
Commissioner Richard Burchell (R-Gilmanton) initiated the discussion of forming the committee by saying that he felt that the recommendations of the Bennett Report, which was completed under the previous commission, for a study which would place all of the expenses of the criminal justice system on the same page had never been completed.
He said that he was concerned recently that county officials were not on the same page when he learned from a discussion with Belknap County Corrections Superintendent Dan Ward that a request for a release with electronic monitoring he had made for five inmates had not been supported by the Belknap County Attorney Melissa C. Guldbrandsen's office. Burchell said that eventually the request for electronic monitoring for four of the five inmates had been granted by a judge.
He said that he thought it important that the commission form a committee in order to get all of the players on the same page and was supported by Commissioner Hunter Taylor, who said ''a team effort is very important'' and noted that in the Sullivan County Community Corrections model which the county is trying to implement, the county attorney is a key player.
Taylor said that he thought it important that before a committee was formed that the commissioners contact those who would be involved, like the county attorney, county sheriff, the courts and local law enforcement departments.
That prompted Sheriff Craig Wiggin, who had been a member of the Jail Planning Committee named by previous commissioners and who was familiar with the process, to point out that there had been a meeting at which the county recidivism rate had been discussed by about 10 or 12 people from the criminal justice system. He said that the focus as the committee moved along, focus switched from that area to the size, cost and programs at a new facility.
Commission Chairman Dave DeVoy also supported the proposal, which led Taylor, who had earlier urged delay, to make a motion that the committee be formed with input from Wiggin, Ward and County Administrator Debra Shackett in putting together a list of possible participants.

Gilford studying more erosion damage at town beach

GILFORD — Selectmen decided last week that having an engineer look at the erosion problems at the town beach before doing any additional repair work would be a good idea.

But before hiring an outside engineer, selectmen recommended having Public Works Director Peter Nourse, an engineer, take at look at the beach an offer his opinion.

Parks and Recreation Director Herb Greene said so far the town has spend about $7,500 on what are called "minimally invasive socks" that are planted with natural materials and placed along erosion areas to try and naturally contain it.

Last year in February, selectmen approved the above erosion measures along with some beach-sand replenishment. However, when the ice finally melted, Greene said he and contractor Belknap Landscaping found there was much more damage done in the winter of 2014 than expected.

Greene said he hadn't gone to the beach this year but expects to go shortly and evaluate what damage was wrought by this year's equally rough winter.

One of Greene's suggestions was a possible retaining wall on the "left" side of the beach while facing the water. Last July, six old pine trees in the same area blew down during a particularly vicious summer storm.

Gilford Beach experiences two kind of erosion — one from water as the levels of Lakes Winnipesaukee rise and fall and the second from wind that blows directly onto the beach and pushes much of the sand into the tree line.

Greene said he has just over $20,000 in the Parks and Recreation Capital Reserve Fund.

Once Nourse has formed an opinion, selectmen said they would revisit an outside engineer or just accept bids based on what he reports.